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Blackberry 8830

alaTest has collected and analyzed 206 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the responsiveness and screen are on the whole positive. The design and GPS navigation are also appreciated. The value for money and battery get mixed comments, and many are less positive about the reliability and features.

usability, GPS navigation, design, screen, responsiveness

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Blackberry 8830 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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RIM BlackBerry 8830


All work and no play makes a phone a BlackBerry. At least the 8830 adds video and music (but no camera) to RIM's robust communications mix. Unfortunately,

Powers up in a flash. Solid speakerphone. Backlight levels adjust automatically to ambient light. Still-unrivaled mobile email. It's a world phone: Budapest, here we come

Wide 2.6-inch body. No Wi-Fi or Bluetooth stereo. Music player doesn't do DRM. New trackball, which might come as a shock to BlackBerry diehards, can be imprecise

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BlackBerry 8830 World Edition


So much about the RIM BlackBerry 8830 World Edition is familiar. But one aspect is very foreign--and therein lies this Sprint phone's appeal.

Works on both GSM and CDMA networks ; Great e-mail device

Lacks a camera ; Lacks consumer IM clients

Adds support for GSM international roaming to the RIM BlackBerry 8800's already impressive feature set.

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BlackBerry 8830 (black, Sprint)


Editor's note: Portions of this review were taken from our evaluation of the RIM BlackBerry 8830 for Verizon Wireless, as the two devices share a similar design and feature set. This review has been updated with the correct SAR rating. We apologize for...

The RIM BlackBerry 8830 offers dual-mode functionality so you can use the phone globally. It's EV-DO capable; has a built-in GPS radio; an integrated music and video player; and offers solid performance. The Sprint version also features unlocked SIM...

The BlackBerry 8830 is on the larger side. There is no camera option, and the phone doesn't support stereo Bluetooth headsets. Callers reported distorted speakerphone quality.

For the globe-trotting executive, the RIM BlackBerry 8830 is a powerful voice and messaging tool that offers world roaming and solid performance.

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RIM BlackBerry 8830 (silver, Verizon Wireless)


Up until now, globe-trotting Verizon Wireless customers may have felt a bit stymied by the limited world-roaming capabilities of the CDMA network. Sure, you can use CDMA in other countries but if your itinerary includes Europe, you're out of luck. But...

The RIM BlackBerry 8830 offers dual-mode functionality so you can use the phone globally. It's also EV-DO capable, has a built-in music and video player, and offers solid performance

The BlackBerry 8830 doesn't support Verizon's V Cast services at the moment, and the handset is on the larger side. There is no camera option and the phone doesn't support stereo Bluetooth headsets

For the globe-trotting executive, the RIM BlackBerry 8830 is a powerful voice and messaging tool that offers world roaming and solid performance.

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BlackBerry 8830 World Edition


A versatile smart phone that connects to both CDMA and GSM networks to keep business travelers connected at home and abroad.

Sleek design with a full-sized keyboard ; Bundled Roxio multimedia software ; Fast Web surfing ; Excellent battery life

GPRS data abroad ; Lacks camera and stereo Bluetooth

Editor's Choice!

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BlackBerry 8830 (Sprint)


To recap from my earlier review, in case you missed it, I found the 8830 to be a wide, flat (4.5 by 2.6 by 0.6 inches, weighing 4.6 ounces) device, with sculpted keys that aren't quite as comfortable as the widely separated keys on older BlackBerrys,...

Seamless global roaming with unlocked SIM card slot. Free and for-pay GPS options. Excellent media player. Long battery life

No support for DRM music or Bluetooth stereo. Poor options for editing Microsoft Office documents

Sprint's version of this easy-to-use, global smartphone is better than Verizon's, with more software, GPS capabilities, and the freedom of an unlocked SIM card slot. It's also hands-down the best business-friendly smartphone on Sprint's network for...

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BlackBerry 8830


Can't decide between the BlackBerry Curve and the 8830? Well, your final call depends on your carrier and what you really need from this smartphone. Both store pictures, videos, and music; have Bluetooth; can be used around the globe; support...

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RIM BlackBerry 8830 Review


The BlackBerry 8830 proved to be an outstanding device. We were very impressed with how well it works and the capabilities. It may lack some features like a camera, this is of course geared more towards businesses and some businesses prohibit camera...

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Blackberry 8830 Smart Phone


Voice command, broadband Internet capability, trackball, and much faster

Ringtone volume is too low and the side button is not designed properly

This is my third Blackberry and I am very pleased with its performance, quality, and the way it is built.

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Blackberry without Blackberry Service: Blackberry Pearl 8130 or 8830 World Edition


Recently I have received a lot of questions regarding the Blackberry without Blackberry Service options. For the record this is information is designed for Sprint customers who subscribe to power vision services, but it can be applied to any carrier...

Product Specifications

The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition smartphone is the stylish way to get things done - no matter where in the world you happen to be. It's the first CDMA BlackBerry smartphone capable of roaming globally on GSM/GPRS networks. So you can travel the world with full mobile voice and data coverage, without having to change smartphones, phone numbers or email addresses. The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition gives you phone, email, organizer, web browsing and instant messaging. And then it goes a step further, providing GPS for enhanced access to location based applications and services, including the pre-loaded BlackBerry Maps application. A media player for your video clips and music. Expandable memory to ensure you've got the room you need for your media files. And a high-capacity battery to allow you to make the most of it all.


Standby Time (PB):384hours
Talk Time (PB):300minutes
Technology:Lithium ion

CE Input Device



Band:CDMA2000 1X 1900/800 / GSM 900/1800
Combined with:With digital player
Integrated Components:Digital player
Phone Form Factor:Monoblock
Service Provider:Not specified/Sprint Nextel/Verizon Wireless
Technology:CDMA2000 1X / GSM
Type:BlackBerry / BlackBerry smartphone
Vibrating Alert: Yes
Wireless Interface:Bluetooth/Bluetooth 2.0

Communicator Features

Operating System:BlackBerry Handheld Software

Dimensions & Weight



Color Depth:16-bit (65000 colors)
Type:LCD display

Flash Memory

Supported Flash Memory Cards:microSD / microSDHC


Manufacturer:Research In Motion
Model:8830/8830 World Edition
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:BlackBerry

Messaging & Data Services

EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates For Global Evolution): Yes
Internet Browser: Yes



Telephone Features

Voice Dialing: Yes
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